Samanth Subramanian

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Samanth Subramanian is a writer and journalist based in India. He studied journalism at Penn State University and international relations at Columbia University. He is, at present, a Leon Levy Biography Fellow at the City University of New York.


He has written for numerous publications including the New York Times, New Yorker, New York Review of Books, New Republic, Newsweek, Aeon, Boston Globe, The Caravan, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Granta, Guardian, The Hindu, Huffington Post, Intelligent Life (Economist), Mint, The National (UAE), Wall Street Journal, The Cricket Monthly, etc. He also co-hosts The Intersection, a fortnightly science and culture podcast from Audiomatic.


Samanth's first book Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast (2010, Penguin India, ISBN 0143064479) was praised by critics such as William Dalrymple and Ramachandra Guha, and won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. It was also nominated for the Andre Simon Book Award. It was published in the UK in 2012 by Atlantic Books, ISBN 978-0857896001.

His second book This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan Civil War (2015, Atlantic Books, ISBN 978-0857895950) was nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. He became only the second Indian writer after Suketu Mehta to be nominated for this prestigious award for literary non-fiction.[1] Dalrymple writing in The Guardian considered it a remarkable and moving portrayal of the agonies of the conflict that "will stand as a fine literary monument against the government’s attempt at imposed forgetfulness".[2]


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